Mar 26, 2019

Facebook, YouTube sued over Christchurch shootings video

A group representing French Muslims is suing Facebook and YouTube, for allowing the streaming of footage from the shootings in Christchurch on their platforms. The 15 March shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, which killed 50, were live-streamed on Facebook and then copied and shared across social media. The formal legal complaint against Facebook and YouTube was launched by the French Council of the Muslim Faith. Last week, New Zealand's privacy commissioner John Edwards told Facebook that its silence over the issue was "An insult to our grief". A Facebook spokesperson told the BBC: "Acts of terror and hate speech have no place on Facebook, and our thoughts are with the families of the victims and the entire community affected by this tragedy. We have taken many steps to remove this video from our platform, we are cooperating with the authorities and our teams remain fully mobilised."

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